Seven spots behind Pope Francis and four in front of Steph Curry, you’ll find Nick Saban on this week’s list of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.”
Fortune decided Saban, Alabama’s four-time national championship coach (plus another title at LSU), deserved credit for his work on and off the field. Citing graduation rates and the defeat of dynasty doubters, the magazine sang Saban’s praises while placing him amongst several other impressive names.
Here’s an excerpt from the full list:
The famed “process” that Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban, 64, had used to win three national titles … had run its course, and the competition had caught up. Saban challenged his team: “How are you going to respond?” When Alabama defeated Clemson 45–40 for another title on Jan. 11, 2016, he had his answer, and the dynasty—and Saban’s legacy as a leader—remained intact.
This season, Saban is attempting to win back-to-back national titles for the second time in Tuscaloosa. Spring practices resumed on Monday, and will run until A-Day on April 16.
Make sure to catch up with our Wednesday practice report.